The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) invites it’s members and the public to submit nominees for the 2021 Honourary Awards. Submissions can be submitted HERE until February 19 at 5:00PM AST. Every season, ECMA reviews this process to ensure the awards, the submission process, and the jury process best reflect the wide range of communities that make up the organization’s membership and the Atlantic provinces at large. With that, we are excited to announce the addition of the Bucky Adams Memorial Award. This award will be given to an African Canadian/Back Individual, Group, or Organization that has had a significant impact on the African Canadian/Black and/or overall music industry in Atlantic Canada.
Honourary Awards Manual
ABOUT THE EAST COAST MUSIC HONOURARY AWARDS
The ECMA Honourary Awards recognize the achievements and contributions of our industry professionals and leaders from across Atlantic Canada for the 2020-2021 year.
These awards recognize and celebrate the people and companies who are working to build a strong and vibrant East Coast music industry.
These awards are fully juried categories and are not open to members or public votes.
- ECMA reserves the right to disqualify any applications that do not meet ECMA's Eligibility/Screening Criteria. Disqualified or unaccepted submissions will not be notified.
- All submission requirements must be met. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
- Any occurrences of questionable eligibility shall be dealt with at the discretion of the ECMA Awards & Stages Committee.
HONOURARY AWARD CATEGORIES
The ECMA Board of Directors annually determines recipients in as many as five (5) honourary award categories (Stompin’ Tom Award, Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award, Director’s Special Achievement Award, Industry Builder of the Year, and Musician’s Achievement Award). The East Coast Music Association is soliciting its members and the general public for submissions for the 2021 Honourary Awards.
PLEASE NOTE: There are minimum requirements for all of these awards. Please make sure to read the submission manual for details. There is no submission fee for the Honourary applications.
Directors’ Special Achievement
Given only under special circumstances; The award recognizes an organization, individual or group that has demonstrated an exceptional contribution to the music industry on a national and/or international level.
Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award
An individual who has had a profound and lasting effect on the Atlantic Canadian music industry
Additional Notes: The award was renamed after Dr. Helen Creighton when Dr. Creighton received the award in 1991.
Musician’s Achievement Award
A side player/session musician, preferably from the host region, who exemplifies professionalism and quality musicianship on recordings and/or live performances of East Coast music, and deserves to be recognized for their cumulative contributions.
Industry Builder Award
Individual, group, or organization that has made a significant impact on the welfare of the music industry in Atlantic Canada. The award recognizes the recipients’ genuine contributions to the East Coast music industry that are made not simply for personal gain but for the greater development of the East Coast music industry.
Stompin’ Tom Award
Those who have made a long-term contribution to the East Coast music industry and have paved the road for many successful East Coast artists of today.
Additional Notes: Stompin’ Tom Connors, one of the most well-known Canadian musicians, was presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. At that time he agreed to accept the award on one condition - that he could return it! Instead, he requested that an award be created to honour all those who have made a long-term contribution to the East Coast music industry and have paved the road for many successful East Coast artists of today.
Bucky Adams Memorial Award
An African Canadian/Back Individual, Group, or Organization that has had a significant impact on the African Canadian/Black and/or overall music industry in Atlantic Canada. This award recognizes those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievement(s) during their music career and music involvements at a regional, national or international level in one or more of the following three areas:
- A past or present significant pioneer and trailblazer who has paved the road for others through activities such as: singer, songwriter, musician, choir director, music teacher, etc.
- A past or present industry and or music community builder through activities such as: concert promotion, music festival creation/ direction, music management, music production/producers, video production/producers, African Canadian/Black music industry advocacy, etc.
- A past or present significant contributor to African Canadian music history and heritage where the recipients’ contributions are not simply for commercial gain but for the greater development of African Canadian music. This may include activities such as: actively promoting the cultural significance of African Canadian/Black music through the publication of news articles, journal articles or books on African Canadian/Black music; conducting music research; curating African Canadian/Black music exhibits; documenting African Canadian/Black music history via Radio, TV, Film or other mediums of presentation.